“I can’t wait for other families to experience the break away! We feel so lucky to have such a wonderful organisation to support us.”
A non-profit community interest company is offering families living with autism a fully-funded caravan holiday.
And on Friday last week (May 21) the first family arrived to enjoy their holiday at the caravan at Haven, Marton Mere in Blackpool.
Founded in November 2019, the CIC raises money through their eight community shops in Bury, Burnley, Salford, Tameside, Rochdale and Wigan.
The money is invested to provide activities such as therapeutic horse-riding sessions for people with autism.
Brad Thorpe, Managing Director, said: “Our aim has always been to be an advocate for autism and we are continuously thinking of ways we can expand our services.
“That’s why we are really excited to be able to provide these fantastic experiences for families who are affected by autism.”
The coronavirus pandemic severely restricted the services The A World could provide and the CIC took the opportunity to think of another way they can provide support for the community.
This encouraged the CIC to purchase the caravan at the Haven site near Marton Mare, Blackpool in the hope the trips will provide families the time to step away from everyday life, having a positive effect for the entire family.
Adam Howell, Managing Director, added: “We believe that the change of scenery and break from everyday life is a great way to strengthen relationships and has benefits for the whole family.
“The park has a range of activities and facilities that the whole family can enjoy and make cherished memories together.”
Facilities at the Haven site include a heated indoor pool, adventure golf, nature walks, multi- sports court and much more
Mum Beth, who was first to stay at the caravan with her family, said: “It’s so hard to find support for your family, especially families who live with autism.
“I came across The A World UK when I took my son Jacob to an autism friendly football session that they were running.
“Things that people would normally take for granted like a weekend break wasn’t even an option for us but thanks to The A World we have been able to have a break.
“The kids got a break from their usual routine and me and Jack were able to relax and not stress about work, appointments, and the usual worries that come with being an Autism parent.
“I can’t wait for other families to experience the break away.
“We feel so lucky to have such a wonderful organisation to support us.”
To help fund these holidays, the CIC still need help with collections of clothes, shoes, bags, toys, games, bric-a-brac, electricals and so much more.
For more information about The A World UK and their services, please visit the website here.